Church Staff

First United Methodist Church - Elkin, NC

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Howard Fleming, Pastor

Howard is a graduate of NC State University and after 12 1/2 years in the furniture manufacturing industry, discerned a call to pastoral ministry. Howard then earned his Masters of Divinity from Duke Divinity School and was ordained as an Elder in the United Methodist Church.  Howard has been married to his wife Donna, a Labor and Delivery nurse, since 1980 and they are both proud of their two adult daughters, Katie and Christine who are both married and they have one granddaughter, Josie.  Donna is a cat-person and Howard is a dog-person, their current dog’s name is Millie.


Amy Johnson, Director of Music and Children's Ministry
Amy has been involved in church and has loved worship from an early age.  Born into a Navy family, her family lived in several communities, always joining a local church.  Amy’s mother started children’s choirs when they were living in Annandale, VA and Amy accompanied for her age group’s choir.  Amy began playing the organ at 13 and was hired at her church in Pensacola, FL when she was 15.  
Amy is a graduate of The Divinity School, Duke University (MRE) and Huntingdon College (B.A. in Sacred Music/Christian Education).
Amy joined the staff of FUMC Elkin in August of 1988 after serving as Director of Music and Education at First UMC Marianna, FL for two years. She is involved in the Elkin City School system as a volunteer and a substitute and accompanies the choruses at Elkin High and Elkin Middle. Amy also serves as organist with Amy Tayloe for the Community Chorus of Elkin.  
Amy is married to Dave Johnson, a Manufacturing/Cost Engineer at True Textiles in Elkin. Their son, Joel, graduated from High Point University in May 2016. In her free time, she enjoys walking, reading, movies, cooking and shopping.

Janice Wright, Parish Life Coordinator                                                                                                    

Janice is an Elkin native whose background has been somewhat ecumenical.  She has previously worked at both Elkin Presbyterian Church and Elkin Valley Baptist Church.  Janice has one daughter Sarah and Luke the cat.  Her hobbies include British history, reading, hiking, gardening and anything to do with Star Wars. 




 Kristi Pilkenton, Director of Weekday Programs  
 Kristi has her Degree in Early Childhood Education with Administration and a General Education Degree with a background in Special Needs Children. Kristi has been a part of our Preschool family since 2012. She served as the Lead Teacher in the Threes/ Four year old classrooms from 2012-2018.

Kristi is a wife and mother to two beautiful daughters that will be attending Elkin City Schools in the Fall. During her free time you will find her on one of the local Mountains to Sea trails enjoying the fresh air. She is active in the community and serves in the youth department at her church. Kristi has many years experience working with children of all ages but has a passion for Birth -Kindergarten ages. We are thrilled to have her back as part of our team. Kristi and the rest of the staff at EFUMC Preschool look forward to seeing you all in the Fall.


Pat Trexler, Housekeeping Director/Altar Guild

George Brown, Facilities Manager

Greta Wallace, Church Hostess